The Cleveland Browns have a long history that dates all the way back to 1946 when they were still a part of the now-defunct All-American Football Conference. Following four years of dominance in this league, they joined the NFL when the AAFC folded.
They continued to perform well for several years in the early days of the NFL, but haven’t been as fortunate recently. Even with the struggles since 1999, there have been plenty of players and coaches that fans have loved to root for.
However, there have also been several hated figures in Cleveland’s history. Here we look at the top four with our Mount Rushmore of hated Cleveland Browns figures.
4. Braylon Edwards: Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver
There was a time when Braylon Edwards was a beloved member of this franchise. A former first-round pick, he had a remarkable season in 2007 when Cleveland finished with a record of 10-6. They were unable to make it to the postseason that year but the winning record was a welcome sight for a fan base that celebrated only one other winning campaign since the 1999 return before this.
Edwards had 80 receptions for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he went in the wrong direction after that and when fans grew frustrated, he snapped back. Edwards ignored the fact that his production fell off the face of the earth and instead claimed the fans hated him because he played for Michigan.
While it’s true that many Cleveland fans are also Ohio State fans, they’ve still shown love for Michigan players when they perform well — just ask Donovan Peoples-Jones. Edwards continued to chirp when he was sent to the Jets, and tried to talk trash upon his return to Cleveland, telling fans to bring their “damn popcorn.”
As if all this wasn’t enough, Edwards even punched a friend of LeBron James back when people in Cleveland still liked LeBron.